BBB with Ubuntu: locked out, no SSH response

I’m stuck.
After I flash Angstrom, I get serial access as expected.
After I flash Ubuntu (various versions, including the latest BBB-eMMC-flasher-ubuntu-14.04-console-armhf-2014-08-13-2gb.img, I am locked out. That is: no serial (as expected, I had this with my earlier BBB) but also no SSH to either.

What went before, very briefly: (all via USB)
Power up out of the box, serial on Angstrom OK.
Flash Ubuntu, power down, power up, SSH access on OK. (user ubuntu, pwd temppwd)
Insert root password, power off, power on, SSH access, root login OK
Modify /etc/network/interfaces for Static IP:

#auto eth0
#iface eth0 inet dhcp


static IP

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static


This is exactly what I did with my earlier BBB.
After this change, power down, power up.
NO ACCESS via USB. Not in serial mode, not with SSH to or

I reflashed several time forth an back to Angstrom, but the result is always: Serial on Angstrom yes, SSH on Ubuntu no.

I can see the BBB as thumb drive with my file browser on the PC, all the files from the uSD seem to be copied to eMMC.

I can open START.htm on the BBB from my file browser, Firefox starts, the “getting started” page is displayed.

Anyone? Thanks!





Update 12 october 2014:
I flashed Debian, latest image, and had the same results. The flash did take place, given the specific Debian related files I can see on the eMMC (through the file browser).